Expedited Partner Therapy (EPT)
The CDC's 2021 STI Treatment Guidelines have been updated. For an overview of important changes, review the 2021 STI Treatment Guideline Highlights.
Expedited Partner Therapy (EPT) is the practice of treating sex partners of persons with STDs in the absence of medical evaluation or prevention counseling. EPT is implemented through the delivery of or prescription for therapy by the case patient to their partners.
EPT has been documented by the CDC to be an effective strategy for providing timely treatment of chlamydia and gonorrhea partners and a useful measure to prevent re-infection of treated cases and, particularly in women, reduce the risk of complications such as pelvic inflammatory disease.
- Expedited Partner Therapy (EPT) for infections due to Chlamydia trachomatis, Neisseria gonorrhoeae, and/or Trichomonas vaginalis
Partner notification tools:
- Partner Information: Important Information about Your Health (PDF)
A brochure with more information for patients to give to sex partner(s) after being diagnosed with chlamydia or gonorrhea. The brochure has a place to indicate which prescription has been prescribed to the partner(s) through EPT.
- STD/HIV Partner Services Program
The Partner Services Program offers people who have been diagnosed with HIV or an STD with free medical, prevention, and other services, including help with partner notification.